A loud ticking noise (hydraulic valve lifter noise) may be heard from the top of the engine, particularly when the engine is still cold. The noise may occur more frequently on higher mileage vehicles; Hydraulic valve lash adjusters may need to be replaced to correct this issue. Following the maintenance schedule for oil changes will also help prevent a recurrence of the noise.
Resources for the Repair and Maintenance of your 1996 Mazda Miata MX-5
1996 Mazda Miata MX-5
1996 Mazda Miata MX-5 Problems
Failure of the valve cover gasket can allow engine oil to leak onto the spark plug wires and damage them. The engine will run poorly (misfire) if the spark plug wires fail.
1996 Mazda Miata MX-5 Questions and Answers
I had these repairs done: timing belt/tensioner/replaced sparks plugs and now all of a sudden Ping/knock and I use 89 octane gas work was done 7/08
what are the steps to heli coil a stripped spark plug or how do you perform the task
want to replace the u-joint in 1996 mazda miata any info regarding what company may handle the replacement part. i don't want to replace drive shaft at a cost of about 271.00 it's an auto...
tell me air compressor
I don't use enough??
1996 Mazda Miata MX-5 Reviews
I have owned British sports cars off and on for the last 45 years. My last being a 1980 MGB that I re-did. When I retired I wanted to road cruze but was a little hesitant to travel far in the MG. I ran across a 1996 MX5 in great shape and fell in love. I sold the MG and settled in driving the Miata. It's a great little car that handles very well, corners nicely and has just enough power. At 65000 miles I replaced the timing belt ,water pump and brakes. This is a car that I would be willing to drive cross country ( a consideration ) and not have any qualms at all. Overall the Miata is a great sportscar that is reliable and very fun to drive
I'm the original owner of my '96 miata, and I love it. Originally it was just a summer car in Vermont, but now out here in Oregon it's my everyday car. 170K miles, and have only had one set of brake pads and the clutch replaced(clutch #2 is coming soon unfortunately), no other maintenance except for oil changes. It's losing oil somewhere and the interior could use a major refresh, but no big deal. I'm going to hate having to give this car up some day!
still running strong at 269K+ miles. love this car to death ... dealing with a lot of rust issues though
1996 Miata bought new and follwed maintenance schedule.
Very reliable automobile.
Recently (2010) found that some tire manufactures are no longer have available the 14 inch tires in that size.